Treating Pain

The Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy

People all over the world are discovering the benefits of relieving pain, inflammation, effects of injuries and tension through non-invasive as well as medication-free methods that are available today.

Cold laser therapy, also referred to as low level laser therapy and low power laser therapy, is one such method that is being employed to provide relief from pain for people who are suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic and acute neck pain, etc. This supplemental treatment provides several healing as well as soothing effects to pain sufferers. The surface administered treatment makes use of specialized low-level light waves of the near-infrared spectrum so as to penetrate the body’s soft tissue layers. The light energy is directed to the affected area with the help of a handheld wand. The light energy acts to stimulate the internal cells and improve the circulation of blood. This in turn relieves inflammation, eases tension and removes internal blockages.

Cold laser therapy works on the principle of absorption of light into your body’s cells. Light stimulates synthesis of protein and cell metabolism. This serves to improve the health of the cells and restores their functionality. The light used in cold laser therapy is of a much lower intensity compared to that used in other laser treatments.

For most individuals, the versatile as well as safe cold laser therapy provides beneficial effects.

However, this therapy is more effective in treating some specific problems than others and the only way you can find out whether it suits your needs is to try it. It is, therefore, important to understand as to which of the issues it can provide relief for:

  • Easing pain caused because of acute injury or chronic conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and carpel tunnel syndrome. This therapy can also be used by targeting the application of low-level light waves on the affected area in case the pain you experience is local to a specific part of your body. In such cases, the therapy provides prompt relief.
  • Pain in the neck and back areas can be relieved in this manner. It is also helpful in treating extremity pain that occurs in the shoulders, knee joints, elbows and wrists.
  • It is possible to relieve inflammation as well as edema caused because of inflammation and minimize and dispel swelling as well as lymphatic blockages with the help of cold laser light waves. The therapy helps to stimulate lymph vessels and arteries throughout your body and improve the blood circulation in the affected areas and naturally enhance your body’s healing process and anti-inflammatory response.
  • Internal strain, muscle spasms and scar tissue that are likely to occur because of injuries can be treated and minimized with the help of cold laser therapy. The light waves promote faster regeneration of tissues and optimizes the internal healing process of your body in order to prevent irregular healing which is responsible for the development of scar tissues. If you are suffering from traumatic scarring, sports injuries and other issues, regular sessions of cold laser therapy will be greatly helpful in reducing rigidity and tissue pain.

Most of the patients experience the soothing effects of the low level laser therapy immediately as they go through the treatment session. However, you must consider this treatment method as part of your ongoing rehabilitation and wellness plan instead of viewing it as an isolated treatment effort. You may have to go through multiple sessions in order to experience significant as well as long-lasting results. Moreover, it is possible to integrate cold laser therapy into the chiropractic therapy, employing manipulations and other techniques, which you are currently undergoing. As the cold laser therapy is noninvasive as well as gentle, the risk of over treatment does not arise at all. Further, as far as the side effects of this therapy are concerned, it ranges from little to none at all. However, you must be aware that even in the case of most versatile treatments cold laser therapy is not a one-stop solution for all your problems. It is, therefore, important that you fix up an appointment and ask questions and develop a clear understanding as to how it can be effective in meeting your specific needs.

Treatments are non-invasive, pain-free, and easy.  Call 610.395.3355 today to schedule your appointment.

 

Myofascial Release, Structural Integration (Rolf Method)

FASCIA  IS WHAT?

Do you know what’s holding your body together!  Think again, it’s not your muscles or skin.  They weren’t made to do that job, but the “fascia” within your body was.  By now you’re thinking, “What in the world is the fascia?”

Well, the fascia is a structure of fibrous connective tissue distributed throughout the body that surrounds our muscles, organs, blood vessels, bones, and nerves.  Together, muscle and fascia make up what is called the myofascia system. The function of muscle fasciae is to reduce friction to minimize the reduction of muscular force.

Does it sound like a well tuned state-of-the-art mechanism to you? It is, but it can go wrong!  For various reasons, including disuse, not enough stretching, or injuries, the fascia and the underlying muscle tissue can become stuck together resulting in restricted muscle movement along with pain, soreness and reduced flexibility or range of motion.

Symptoms may be:

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Pelvic
  • Pelvic pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Disc problems
  • Neurological dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Adhesions
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Painful scars
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Women’s health issues
  • …and more

Fascia Care:       

Move it: First thing in the morning roll around in bed and really stretch out

Stay lubricated: Drink, drink, drink! It works better, moves better and feels better when it’s wet.

Stretch your muscles: Keep the muscles from getting chronically tight.

Stretch your fascia: To stretch the fascia, hold gentle stretches for three to five minutes – relaxing into a hold.

Relax: Fifteen to 20 minutes in a warm Epsom Salt bath can coax tight fascia to loosen up – follow up with 10 minutes of light activity.

Use a foam roller: Be gentle and slow in your movements, and when you find an area of tension, hold sustained pressure for three to five minutes.

Respect your body: Even after your injury is gone, you may maintain that same movement pattern. That’s a recipe for an injury cycle. It’s better to take some extra time, see a fascial specialist, and join a movement class.  Don’t set yourself up for long-term trouble.

See a fascial specialist: Myofascial Release or Structural Integration (Rolf Method) practitioner.

Join a movement education class: The Feldenkrais Method®, Coordination Pattern™ Training, Tai Chi, Pilates, and Yoga are highly recommended.

Structural Integration, the Rolf Method

I  Want to Dance Again!

Mary Beth was a middle aged woman who taught ball-room dancing when she was younger and now was complaining about neck and upper back pain.  It became chronic and she didn’t know what to do for it except take pills.

 

One night Mary Beth had a dream. A wonderful dream where she was back dancing across the ball room floor. When she awakened from the dream, she remembered how it felt.  Oh, she could feel it so clearly –

  • how energized she was,
  • centered inside and feeling balanced
  • moving with ease, pain free
  • so very fluid, graceful and present – floating across the dance floor

As she laid there remembering, she gradually came to the realization that there must be a way to get all that back.  She was determined!  She wanted to dance again, be her old self!  But, she knew that this positive change for herself had to be in a natural way. No more pills!

After doing some on-line research, Mary Beth learned about Structural Integration and felt hope for the first time in years that she could enjoy dancing again. These treatments, she learned, could bring her body into balance. She was committed and made an appointment.

For sure her injuries and lifelong habits disrupted the natural alignment of her body and prevented her from being able to move freely.  Pain and strain was her body’s way of telling her that it was out of balance.

The Structural Integration sessions focused on her body’s complex matrix of connective tissue in a way that brought all her body’s parts into more smoothly functioning relationships – it integrated her whole system.

Some months later, Mary Beth was back to dancing and as she floated across the ball room floor, she felt like she was back in her dream – gracefully dancing with ease, pain free. She was enjoying life again!

She realized that even at her age, it paid off to be open to change!

Andrei Kazlouski, Structural Integration (Rolf Method) Practitioner

 

 

 

 

MY BODY IS STRAIGHT AND FREE!

The brochure says:  Imagine your body feeling relaxed and peaceful yet poised with energy.  Imagine having the ability to move with flexibility while enjoying maximum strength.  Imagine using your body free of pain, stiffness or chronic stress.  Well, I had heard of Structural Integration, the Rolf Method, and how years ago people said how painful it was. Then I decided that I needed to try it – my body was telling me it needed something.  I talked with Andrei Kazlouski about the pain level and he said that when it begins to get uncomfortable he wants to know and then he always lightens up on his touch. Treatments aren’t painful like they used to be years ago.  The technique has changed that way.

Sitting a lot, lack of good muscle strength, and scoliosis, had me pretty miserable, so I made an appointment to see what this alternative health modality called Structural Integration was all about. Many injuries and physical bad habits (moving incorrectly) changed the alignment of my body which made it hard for me to walk without pain.  I have learned that pain and strain is my body’s way of telling me it is out of balance. So, it was time for me to do something serious about it!

Andrei is a gentle soul who knows his stuff.  His ability to detect the origin of the tightness within my body causing the physical misalignment was fascinating.  As I laid on the table wearing my gym clothes, he began working on my feet and legs.  He explained that was necessary because if the bottom of the body is not in alignment, the top of the body will not hold the alignment.

It felt different from a massage.  Andrei used a range of techniques to lengthen and reposition the protective and supportive layer that surrounds each muscle and provides a matrix that supports every tissue in the body.  This is called fascia.  The amount of pressure he used varied.  Sometimes it was a slow, deep, stretching movement, and sometimes a constant applied pressure. And it wasn’t painful!

I was involved in the process.  Andrei at different times asked me to make continual small movements or take slow deep breaths while he worked.  This allowed him to access and work with the connective tissue.He worked in an unhurried and deliberate way and encouraged me to give him feedback so that I was always within my comfort level.

Andrea told me that people who experience Structural Integration usually feel a greaterawareness of body posture.  This was certainly true for me! After one of my first treatments, I walked into the reception area and the assistant director who was sitting there said, “Wow, look at you!”  I not only felt lighter, but I was walking much straighter and it really was so much easier to move. Not only that, but I had no pain – it was just so easy!

Arthritis Pain – Techniques For Relief

About 6 months ago I had a patient come in complaining of severe neck pain with associated muscle spasm in the right side of her upper back.  It began gradually, without injury and was getting worse.  Her X-Rays revealed very bad arthritic degenerative changes in the vertebrae of her lower neck.  I tried several “regular” hands-on Chiropractic adjustments, but the joints in her neck were so stiff, I wasn’t able to make much of a correction.

Most of the time hands-on adjustments do the trick, but with her they weren’t working. 

As a result, her symptoms continued to get worse.  I then mentioned the success I’d seen with other patients that underwent Non Surgical Spinal Decompression. I explained to her that the X-Rays revealed the discs between her vertebrae were very degenerated, worn out and thin.  This has a tendency to place pressure on the nerve roots where they are given off from the spinal cord.  This in turn causes the pain and muscle spasm that she was experiencing.

I also explained that Non Surgical Spinal Decompression Table is a very effective, yet gentle and non-invasive way of increasing the space between the vertebrae which takes pressure off the nerve roots.  By doing this, the pain goes away.  It also helps to re-hydrate and improve the health of the discs which helps keep the pain from coming back.

The patient agreed to give it a try and after 12 treatments she stated, “This is the best I’ve felt in years.”  It’s been several months since her last Decompression treatment and she still feels great!

She now comes in every 2 weeks for a gentle hands-on Chiropractic wellness adjustment that helps her maintain the gains she made with the Decompression Therapy and greets me with a big smile and a hug every time. 

Helping people in this manner is the greatest part of my profession and is what makes me proud to be a Doctor of Chiropractic!